Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!

Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV and Twitter @ShannonOBTV

More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.

Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.

Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.


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    OLATHE, Kan. – An Olathe man is in a Missouri jail, now charged in Johnson County with premeditated murder, and being held on a $2 million bond for allegedly shooting three men and killing one of them Wednesday at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe. Srinivas Kuchibotla died after being rushed to a hospital, Alok Madasani was wounded and is recovering. Both of the men are identified as regulars of the popular sports bar, and both worked at nearby Garmin […]

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    Kansas Senate falls short of votes needed to override Gov. Brownback’s tax hike veto

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators have failed to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have increased income taxes to help balance the state budget. The state Senate voted 24-16 Wednesday to overturn the veto. But supporters were three votes short of the two-thirds majority of 27 votes needed in the 40-member chamber. The Senate’s action came after the House voted 85-40 to override the veto. Supporters there had one vote more than necessary. The bill […]

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    Case against man charged in Shawnee Wal-Mart shooting will move to trial

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    Anti-Trump protesters rally on the Plaza for ‘Not My President’s Day’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Kansas Citians observed President’s Day by gathering for a protest in opposition of Pres. Trump near the J. C. Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza, as part of a nationwide effort dubbed “Not My President’s Day.” Over 1,600 people signed up to attend the protest on a Facebook event, which said the city will come together “to demand an investigation into the constitutional conflicts, ethics violations and mental instability of the current President of The […]

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    Olathe girl’s precious legacy leads family to start movement helping first responders comfort children

    OLATHE, Kan. — The most precious legacy a little girl left behind was her hugs. Now a Johnson County family is using the embrace to help first responders and others who deal with trauma in the community. On July 27 outside of an Olathe home daycare, tragedy struck. A grandfather picking up another child ran over 14-month-old Harper Rodden, killing her. The life of the girl with a world class smile and sparkle in her eyes is being honored by […]

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    Gun exemption for KU hospital stalls in House committee

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KU Hospital administrators have been doing whatever they can to keep guns out of this hospital without having to install expensive security measures. When it became clear that a broader bill that also included state universities might not pass, KU hospital administrators lobbied the legislature for their own bill, which after two days of debate is now stuck in committee. Feb. 2, the administrators of the University of Kansas Health System testified in front of the House […]

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    Body found in burnt car near Woods Chapel Road and Little Blue Parkway

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a body was discovered inside a burnt car on rural property in eastern Jackson county Tuesday. Emergency units responded to a reported burnt car around 12:45 p.m. about a quarter mile from the road near Woods Chapel Road and Little Blue Parkway. The person who found the car said it appeared to be a Monte Carlo, but the could not determine the color because it was so charred. The car was found about […]

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    Family of missing woman Inous Revels says her body was found in Brush Creek

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro family was left on edge after a body was found in Brush Creek on Monday. The body was seen floating in the creek around noon Monday near Agnes Avenue and Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard. On Monday night Inous Revels’ family told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien that the body was their relative who has been missing for a month. #BreakingNews Family of Inous Revels, missing for a month says she has been I’D as woman found […]

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    Two parents suspected of kidnapping in Olathe after taking off from supervised visit

    OLATHE, Kan. — A mother and father were arrested on Friday after police say they tried to kidnap their two children. Neither parent had custody of the children, but did have supervised visitation with the toddler and infant. The kidnapping took place while the parents were visiting their children at KVC Sims Family Center in Olathe. Police say during the supervised visit the parents were somehow able to get out of the building, into their car and took off. Administrators […]

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    Proposed cuts to K-12 education brings vote on balancing Kansas budget to an abrupt halt

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The debate over how to balance the Kansas budget came to a screeching halt in the Senate on Thursday, as lawmakers could not agree on two bills that would fill an approximate $350 Million budget deficit for fiscal year 2017, which ends June 30. One bill proposes $154 million in cuts, $128 million of that coming from K-12 education. Another bill would raise approximately $196 million by raising individual income taxes and reinstating business taxes previously cut […]

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    Veteran files lawsuit after repeated sexual abuse at VA that now gives him nightmares

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Another veteran said he was sexually abused by a physician’s assistant at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. FOX 4 first exposed accusations against PA Mark Wisner in June, and since then several more veterans have come forward with similar stories of abuse. Wednesday, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Army Staff Sergeant Russell Morris claims Wisner gave him unnecessary anal, testicular and genital exams during medication appointments. FOX 4 reporter Shannon O’Brien met […]